vernonfelton

I'm bald. I've been riding since 1986 and writing about it professionally since 1997. I was Editor in Chief of Bike Magazine, as well as Gear Editor, Web Editor, Senior Editor and Editor at Large. I like pork.

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vernonfelton brianpark's article
Aug 21, 2017 at 14:40
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Why Pinkbike is Covering eMTBs This Week
Thought I'd chime in here. As a rider, I don't have a particular opinion on E-bikes at present. I've only ridden one of them a handful of times and am, frankly, coming from a position of ignorance on the subject. Or to be less eggheaded about this--I really don't have much working knowledge and experience to form a qualified opinion about their worth or lack thereof. As a trail advocate, I am, however, concerned (like a lot of other riders) about the potential for a backlash on trails in areas of the United States where trail access is already imperiled. I don't get the sense that the bike industry has a clear and coherent plan for rolling e-bikes out in a way that proactively addresses a whole hornet's nest of possible problems (again, I'm just talking about the United States here). However, my personal concerns aside, I think it makes sense for PB to cover Ebikes in some fashion. Why? Because Pinkbike is a news site. We are journalists. What we cover may not be life and death news, but we approach our jobs as reporters--and that means covering the news in an impartial fashion, weighing the pros and cons, and letting you, the reader, decide for yourself where you stand on things. Sure, we have our editorial columns in which we give ourselves free reign to say whatever we want in as one-sided a fashion as we want, but the bulk of our job is to cover the news...and these days, the news is full of E-bikes. Our job, at least as I see it, is to cover it in a way that is neutral and fair. If I refused to report on E-bikes, I wouldn't be doing my job as a reporter. And if, on the other hand, I started gushing and fawning over E-bikes because they are being touted as the remedy for the bike industry's slumping sales figures, I'd simply be some kind of marketing shill. In short, I think we'd be a crap website if we simply ignored something that is clearly happening out there in the world, simply because it didn't suit our personal tastes. What I think we need to do is cover E-bikes accurately. Moreover, I think our staff needs to have the freedom to say whatever they think about E-bikes. Some of us hate them...and we won't be shy about that fact. Some of us like E-bikes and I'm guessing those writers will tell you about it. What we CAN guarantee is that you will be presented with both sides, with honest opinions and with enough food for thought that you can make up your own mind. Cheers.
vernonfelton RichardCunningham's article
Aug 17, 2017 at 15:18
Aug 17, 2017
Canyon Bicycles Now Available Direct in the USA - Crankworx Whistler 2017
No, we apologize for the confusion. Canyon Bicycles will only be selling direct in the United States at this time, but they are working on it.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Aug 4, 2017 at 18:39
Aug 4, 2017
My Crusade - Opinion
They only had 242. I didn't include them in the story because they at least knew what 243 was. That place is great.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Aug 4, 2017 at 15:22
Aug 4, 2017
My Crusade - Opinion
Being a jackass is a specialty of mine. Thanks for the tip. Out of pure curiosity, I'm going to see if they have 243 as well as 242 (the latter of which, I'm sure they'll have). You're probably right, but now I'm intrigued.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Aug 4, 2017 at 14:48
Aug 4, 2017
My Crusade - Opinion
They only had Loctite 242. I went there first, but at least they knew what I was talking about.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Aug 4, 2017 at 9:17
Aug 4, 2017
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Aug 3, 2017 at 13:26
Aug 3, 2017
Interbike Is Leaving Las Vegas... For Reno - News
@twozerosix: Precisely. I'm not anti-union, but I wouldn't miss the hassle of trying to set up a booth and being cock-blocked by some guy who says I have to put down the thing I am carrying and wait an hour for him to come back so that he can pick it up and carry it a hundred yards for me. I set up plenty of Vegas Interbike booths in my time and the unions in that convention hall made it a friggin' nightmare.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Aug 3, 2017 at 13:23
Aug 3, 2017
Interbike Is Leaving Las Vegas... For Reno - News
@Sshredder, any time, man. I'm a giver.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Aug 3, 2017 at 11:49
Aug 3, 2017
Interbike Is Leaving Las Vegas... For Reno - News
@redbarn, good memory. `85, `86, `87.
vernonfelton vernonfelton's article
Aug 3, 2017 at 11:48
Aug 3, 2017
Interbike Is Leaving Las Vegas... For Reno - News
It's a scene from The Bachelorette.
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